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Jesus: 'It's My Birthday and I'll Cry If I Want To'

John Blumenthal | Posted 02.14.2014 | Comedy
John Blumenthal

Explain to me why I'm supposed to feel honored on my birthday because you and your rich friends pay good money for a dead tree, underpay someone to schlep it into your 12-bedroom McMansion and put ridiculously overpriced non-union-made presents under it for your spoiled kids, but God forbid you should increase the minimum wage or extend unemployment benefits.

The Birth Of Jesus According To Reza Aslan

Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion

Reza Aslan, a Biblical scholar and author of "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth," spoke to The Huffington Post to give a historical pers...

The Liberating Power of the Positive

Christopher Holshek | Posted 02.11.2014 | Impact
Christopher Holshek

When we erode the liberties and compromise the values that underwrite our national strength through overprotection, then the terrorists have won. And we helped them.

What Would Mary Do?

Pat LaMarche | Posted 02.12.2014 | Impact
Pat LaMarche

Poor families can't forget that Christmas -- or any winter holiday -- is for children. But for tens of millions of U.S. children living in ever deepening poverty, there's literally no way for their parents to get them gifts without going to unenviable extremes.

My Truest Hero

KidSpirit | Posted 02.12.2014 | Religion

The good Samaritan's selfless care for his enemy, a man nourishing a thirsty sinner, a shepherd seeking his one lost sheep. To me, these stories express a person who is perfect and selfless, the truest hero.

Internet Determines Most Historically Significant Person Ever

Religion News Service | Cathy Lynn Grossman | Posted 12.12.2013 | Religion

(RNS) He’s a man with a ton of titles — Prince of Peace, Son of God, Shepherd of Souls — but now Jesus has one more: the biggest name in human h...

Feral Cats Boot Out Baby Jesus in Brooklyn

Joel Sucher | Posted 02.11.2014 | Weird News
Joel Sucher

How dare they? Hardly sacrilegious given two cat lovers, Annette and Susan Amendola, welcome the incursion; after all they own the vacant lot on Va...

The Two-Sphere Problem for (Some) Christian Republicans (and Some Democrats, Too)

Mark Osler | Posted 02.09.2014 | Religion
Mark Osler

As Congress mulls further steps to cut food stamps, it is odd that Christian conservatives seem to be at the front of the charge.

'Tips For Jesus' Identity Revealed?

Posted 12.12.2013 | Religion

The mystery Samaritan behind the outrageously generous "Tips For Jesus" spree may have been unmasked! Rumors have been floating about his identity si...

Jesus, Capitalism and Manifest Destiny

Kamran Pasha | Posted 02.08.2014 | Religion
Kamran Pasha

If I can provide any insight as a Muslim observer of Christianity, it is that many American Christians do not really appreciate what wondrous beauty they have in the character of Jesus, their teacher.

'Absurd To Compare Mandela To Christ'

Religion News Service | Trevor Grundy | Posted 12.09.2013 | Religion

CANTERURY, England (RNS) Few would deny Nelson Mandela’s greatness, but one of Britain’s best-known journalists, Dominic Lawson, has taken the med...

Is It Jesus You're Following or Ayn Rand?

Zack Hunt | Posted 02.08.2014 | Religion
Zack Hunt

Look, if you're branding the leader of one the most conservative organizations on earth as too liberal and claiming Jesus was a capitalist, then you've jumped the shark.

Advent -- Preparing for Christmas

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 02.07.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

The word "Advent" has its origin in the Medieval Latin word adventus, meaning "arrival." The season offers the opportunity for Christians to share in the ancient longing for the coming of the Messiah.

'Storybook Bible' Is Smashing Success

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion

NEW YORK (RNS) How do you get kids to read one of the world’s oldest books? Ask Sally Lloyd-Jones, whose “The Jesus Storybook Bible” recently pa...

Advent as Grateful Waiting for God's Gift of Spiritual Companionship

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 02.04.2014 | Religion
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

Waiting has been a powerful spiritual theme in my life, especially with regard to decades of delay in being able to live as a fully adult man, delayed for decades as a transgender person stalled by both doctors and religious mentors in a wilderness experience of confusion and falsehood.

Was Jesus Homeless?

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 02.03.2014 | Religion
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

Artist Timothy Schmalz created a sculpture that was recently praised by Pope Francis I which reminds us that Jesus identifies with the poor.

Welcome Back, Jesus

Robert Scheer | Posted 02.01.2014 | Politics
Robert Scheer

Even if, like me, you don't fall into one of those categories and also take issue with the Catholic Church's teachings on a number of contested social issues, it is difficult to deny the inherent wisdom and clarity of the pontiff's critique of the modern capitalist economy.

10 Reasons Why Jordan Is So Much More Than Petra

Adam Pervez | Posted 02.01.2014 | Travel
Adam Pervez

Maybe you've seen Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade as he travels on horse to reveal Petra's Treasury carved out of its rock surroundings. In some ways this was Petra's unveiling to the world, and perhaps Jordan's unveiling as a tourist destination.

Born Again Jesus

Ron Nikkel | Posted 02.01.2014 | Religion
Ron Nikkel

Gonna lay down my burden Down by the riverside Down by the riverside... Ain't gonna study war no more... Gonna lay down my sword and shield Down by th...

Just Christian You Say

Ron Nikkel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Ron Nikkel

See, I claim to be a Christian and I'm true to that Ya' favorite rapper claimed he strapped, but never packed a tool In fact, I know some Christian ca...

Pope Francis: The War on Poverty vs. the War on Christmas

Shannyn Moore | Posted 02.01.2014 | Politics
Shannyn Moore

I like the new guy, Pope Francis. He's not perfect, and neither is the institution, but this guy's a rebel. I think Jesus -- you know, the guy who chased the investment bankers out of the temple -- would like him too.

Pope Francis, Liberal Populist

Brent Budowsky | Posted 01.28.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Politically the moral leadership of the pope is bad news for those Republicans, conservatives, Tea Party advocates and libertarians who politically worship at the altar of the unbridled and unregulated excesses of capitalism that Francis deplores.

Holiday Blue Notes

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

The holidays are approaching, but events are making it hard to get in the festive spirit.

How Katniss Everdeen and Ancient Rome Unite to Teach an Ethics of Peace for our Time

Danielle Tumminio | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Danielle Tumminio

One might say that the parallels with the ancient world end with Katniss, but maybe that's also where the parallels with ours are strongest. Because while she may not be a metaphor for Christ, Katniss is perhaps best understood as a prophetic hero for our time.

What People Are Really Thinking When They Invite you to Church

Angela Jamene | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Angela Jamene

Just over two years ago, I picked up a free Bible. I had read it before but, this time, almost instantly, in a wave of emotions and realizations and revelations and a wide variety of indescribable sensations, I became a Christian. It happened.